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US to Rescue More Than 400 Americans From Quarantined Cruise Ship

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The U.S. will rescue more than 400 American citizens aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, quarantined in a Japanese port after more than 200 passengers tested positive for the coronavirus.

The ship has been held in quarantine since Feb. 3 with more than 3,700 passengers on board. Of those, 218 have tested positive for what is now being called covid-19; 428 of the 3,700 are Americans.

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The U.S. citizens on the ship all received an email from the U.S. embassy in Tokyo advising them of the plan.

“The aircraft will arrive in Japan the evening of (Sunday) Feb. 16,” the email said. “Buses will move you and your belongings from the ship to the aircraft. (Passengers will) be screened for symptoms and we are working with our Japanese partners to ensure that any symptomatic passengers receive the required care in Japan if they cannot board the flight.”

According to NBC News, the plane would land at Travis Air Force Base in California and some passengers would then continue on to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

But they are not completely free yet.

“Travelers returning to the United States from high-risk areas are required to undergo quarantine. Accordingly, you will need to undergo further quarantine of 14 days when you arrive in the United States,” the email stated.

Those who decline to participate in the rescue can remain on the ship, but they face not only an undetermined time frame of when the Diamond Princess will be released from quarantine but also when they can return to the United States.

According to officials in China, where the virus began in the Wuhan Province, 66,493 people have been infected with covid-19 and 1,523 have died.

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Passengers Being Evacuated as Zaandam, Rotterdam Finally Dock

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For the first time in almost a month, passengers aboard an illness-stricken Holland America ship put their feet on dry land this morning.

The Zaandam, with four dead aboard, nine confirmed coronavirus cases and 200 more that are sick, finally docked in Fort Lauderdale overnight after an arduous, frustrating journey in which the boat was turned away from a half-dozen ports on its South American itinerary.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis finally relented and allowed the Zaandam – as well as its sister ship, the Rotterdam, which took on some of the Zaandam’s healthy passengers – to dock at Port Everglades late Thursday night.

According to the Associated Press, 14 critically ill people were removed from the Zaandam first and taken to Florida hospitals, followed by Florida residents and other passengers. Buses were taking people healthy enough to travel directly to the airport and directly to chartered flights, avoiding the terminal.

“This is a humanitarian situation, and the County Commission’s top priority is protecting our 1.9 million residents while providing a contained disembarkation option for people on board who need to get safely home,” Broward County Mayor Dale Holness said in a statement late Thursday.

Holland America initially said 45 people who were mildly ill would stay onboard the Zaandam until they recovered, but the docking plan released later Thursday indicated that 26 passengers and 50 crew members were ill. Two of the four dead had COVID-19.

Carnival Corp., which owns the Holland America Line, said the Coral Princess – its last ship carrying passengers to a U.S. port since the pandemic was declared – will arrive on Saturday with more than 1,000 passengers who have been isolating in their cabins, including 12 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

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